Game 43: Pouliot, Auld help Habs defeat Rangers

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist ends up in the net along with the puck as shot by Canadiens’ Jaroslav Spacek tied the game 1-1 late in the second period Tuesday night. Ray Stubblebine, Reuters

AUDIO: Benoit Pouliot | Alex Auld | Mathieu Darche | Jacques Martin | Tomas Plekanec

PREGAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Yannick Weber

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• At a Glance: For the fifth straight game, the Canadiens battled back from a deficit on the scoreboard, posting a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead when Brandon Dubinsky scored 4:15 into the game when he cut to the front of the net and slipped a shot passed Alex Auld, who made only his fifth start of the season.
In the second period, Jaroslav Spacek was credited with the tying goal when his shot eluded a screened Henrik Lundqvist with 1:11 remaining in the period.
Benoit Pouliot, who has been playing well of late, scored his ninth of the season 6:03 into the third period with a wicked wrist shot from the faceoff circle that went over Lundqvist’s shoulder.
The Rangers pressed for the tying goal late in the game with six skaters on the ice, but came up empty.
Auld finished with 25 saves for his third win of the season, while Lundqvist stopped 36 shots.

• What It Means:
Montreal’s record improves to 24-16-3 for 51 points, two behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins hold one game in hand. The Canadiens did move into seventh place, tied with the Thrashers at 51 points but holding two games in hand.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens travel back to Montreal to face the Penguins on Wednesday and the Rangers are in Montreal on Saturday night.

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